I need to go back through my storage building at some point. I rescued 3 or 4 large cardboard boxes of these from the dumpster at the elementary school my wife works at about 5 or 6 years ago.Today's post is about the 1977-79 SPORTSCASTERS RED SOX. I was able to find just three of mine - the Yaz Hidden Ball Trick and the second shows Bernie Carbo sliding into home on the Thurman Munson card; and one sealed package ( the Money Game which shows Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley).
This item was available via a mail in subscription thru multiple sources in the US and various other countries via a publishing company called Atlas Editions. This company was a publishing company that produced various sets of informative cards in 9 different countries I am aware of from 1975 thru 2001 when they folded . They also produced a ton of different sets- they covered sports, airplanes, cars, motorcycles, the US Civil War , military related subjects and even Star Trek.
You may have one player but that player may just have multiple variations from the various countries. Do not trust Beckett's OPG nor the Trading card DB as neither is fully complete. Your best searching until you can't locate a variation you don't have as all I'll recommend.
These subject matters all followed the same pattern and the cards themselves were 5 inches by 6 inches. You received a bulk package when you initially ordered along with something to put them in and document as you went long. Each subsequent package contained a set number of items ( varied with each subject matter) and you could cancel the subscription at any time. People who got in early on the sets wound up with rare ones because invariably the company would change a checklist or package and a card wouldn't be found in later subscriptions.
I won't go into long detail but many people have put together various sports checklist. I'll refrain from posting my own just go online you'll get "some" info. I saw a recent post on CU that reminded me to look for my own sets. Found just a few here the rest I'm sure buried somewhere in storage as usual. There was a guy who used to have a Sportscaster site who I guess didn't bother asking for donations and let in run dry. Too bad I'd have contributed towards keeping it up and running it was a great resource.
Below are some of the Red Sox and Yankees ones I have here in Vegas and the unopened pack example as well. Reminds me I need more top loads of this size !! The whole bunch of them are printed in ITALY . Yes that is two Dimaggio's one is a sepia the other B&W. Whether its a variation unsure its always looked this way. I tossed in Aaron and Seaver for some variety.
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